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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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Getting That Piece of Gold

Getting That Piece of Gold Coming here as a non-Texas A&M student for vet school, I was worried I would not get to experience the traditions that come with being an Aggie.  However, this is not true AT ALL! Even though the vet school facilities are off in their own little world, separate from main campus to a certain extent, we get to be a part of the environment.  It starts the moment students drive into College Station, and continues up until the day we will graduate. It is using howdy to say hi, to the first football game in August, standing as the 12th Man and supporting your team with the rest of the town, even when it gets too hot in the Texas heat.  Then it’s the nights at Harry’s, dancing the night away.  Other traditions include attending Midnight Yell before every home football game, weekly Breakaway church services, and monthly Silver Taps. However, as a second year vet student, the next tradition I get to experience is ordering that... (Read More)

A Penny For Your Thoughts

A Penny For Your Thoughts Three weeks ago, the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences interviewed around 250 applicants for acceptance into the class of 2018. As an ambassador, I had the opportunity to give these prospective students tours of the college and the hospitals. During these tours, I was asked a variety of questions, from “What do they look for in an applicant?” to “How much do you really study?” to “Where is a good place to get a beer around here?” I thought I would take this opportunity to provide my thoughts on a few of these topics. First, let’s talk about getting into vet school. As with anything else, a number of factors come into play when they are selecting students for acceptance into the program. While there is more to each and every one of us than a test grade or a GRE score, these numbers are important when applying to a professional school. If you are interested in vet school, enjoy college, but be sure ... (Read More)

A Day in the life of a BIMS student

A Day in the life of a BIMS student Howdy! I want to take you through a day in the life of a biomedical science student! But before I start, I will give you a little information about me. I am currently a senior at Texas A&M University majoring in Biomedical Science. I am only taking biomedical physiology and statistics this semester and I am graduating this May! I plan to go to veterinary school to become a small veterinarian and I absolutely LOVE animals. Okay, so back to my day! This morning my alarm went off at 7 am. I think I pressed snooze about 5 times because I did not want to get up. I stayed up late last night reading for my physiology class, so I was really tired this morning. Once I got myself out of bed, I got ready for work, fed my kittens and guinea pigs, walked my dogs, and then ran out the door with a Monster Energy Drink® and a Fiber One® bar. Once I got to work, I finished up reading for my physiology class and reviewed some notes and then before I knew it, ... (Read More)

Time for a Reality Check

Time for a Reality Check And so my final semester in the classroom begins…I cannot believe that in a few short months the class of 2015 will be in our clinical year. Thinking about it now, I already feel overwhelmed, excited, tired, and wanting to grab on to my classroom seat and hold on for dear life because I know there is still so much to learn. That being said, I think about where I was this time last year, and it is amazing how far the class of 2015 has come. Third year is a surprisingly giant leap from second year, but a leap that sneaks up on you. I know I can speak for most of my class when I say we have all started to shift the way we think and speak and solve problems. When this happened? How it happened? I don’t think any of us could say. The change really sneaks up on you, and you listen to your conversations one day and suddenly you and your classmates sound like doctors. One of my favorite clinicians was teaching us feline medicine last week and did not... (Read More)

Getting our Hands Dirty

Getting our Hands Dirty This past weekend, I participated in the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (SCAAEP) Annual skills lab, hosted here at Texas A&M.  In case you are unfamiliar with the term, a skills lab is a time outside of the curriculum when veterinary students can "get their hands dirty" and practice new skills.  Many of our student organizations offer at least one skills lab a year for interested students, but what sets SCAEEP's skills lab apart is the fact that veterinary students from all over the United States travel here to Texas A&M to participate. Students were allowed to register for four one-hour rotations from an incredible list of options: alternative medicine, radiology, stallion collection, emergency and critical care, equine dentistry, arthroscopy, field anesthesia, lower limb surgical procedures, endoscopy, bandaging, splinting, rectal palpation with laproscope assistance, laceration repair, u... (Read More)

Here's To the Start of a New Year

Here's To the Start of a New Year First week of the spring semester is over: let’s all take a moment and applaud ourselves for surviving it. I don’t know about you, but outside of test weeks, the first week of the semester is always hardest for me. It’s like you have to work extra-hard the first week just to remind yourself that you have to once again make somewhat of an effort day to day. The lazy days that accompany every vacation break are over now. So as we all begin this spring semester, I wanted to issue a challenge, especially to those of you who are about to face a really tough semester. Ever semester is a fresh start, a chance to do things better than you did the semester before. Whether it’s actually reading that textbook you spent hundreds of dollars on or cutting down on the number of Fuego runs you make. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also the “start” of a new year, so we all have those resolutions we’re going to try to keep. Personally, my goal this semester, and hop... (Read More)

Running Start

Running Start This semester has started off with a bang! This week is our second week of school and we are moving way faster than last semester. We have a few new classes, including microbiology, public health, and embryology. We also have some old favorites including physiology and anatomy, although this semester in anatomy we are learning about large animals instead of small. Our professors continue to inundate us with more information, as well as expecting us to remember everything from last semester. In addition to classes, there are scholarship and summer externship applications that have upcoming deadlines. There are many different opportunities for gaining experience during the summer. It is a great time to explore different aspects of veterinary medicine and make connections. Plus we have a fun skills lab to look forward to this weekend hosted by our student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. There are many times when I fi... (Read More)

The closing of one door leads to the opening of another

The closing of one door leads to the opening of another Hello! Well, we are back for our last semester before we start clinical work (a nervous YAY!). I am both excited and anxious to start fourth year. We have been prepared by the best; they have molded us (perhaps chiseled is the better descriptor) for our entry into the last phase, clinical medicine. I’m excited because I am definitely a “hands-on” student.  I am excited to start working soon after, and begin the paying off my investment (my debt). I am also going to miss a lot: the people, the instructors, the students, the grasshopper room. I won’t miss those Pepsi products (everyone knows Coke is the better product). On a serious note, we will soon be celebrating the groundbreaking of new classroom building, which will be up shortly after we graduate. When I return, one fine day, I won’t recognize the building or the rooms. I won’t be able to wonder halls that are laced with my memories. It’s neat when you hear a lecturer tell you that... (Read More)

Spring Semester Has Begun

Spring Semester Has Begun Spring semester has begun! My classes don't officially start until next week, but with it being my last semester in college, I'm doing everything I can to ensure a smooth semester before my long-awaited graduation! I have been busy traveling to vet school interviews (whoop!) and have barely had time to relax this break. The Texas A&M vet school will be interviewing their applicants this weekend, decisions will be sent a couple months later, and then the application process starts all over again. Applying to veterinary school is a year-long process, so it requires a lot of dedication! My course load this semester will be my most difficult one I've had in college yet, so it's important I put my senioritis aside and focus on closing out my degree. Good luck to everyone going through interviews; the wait is almost over! (Read More)

Time Flies

Time Flies I’m so glad to be at home to spend time with family and my two kitties, Cookie and Pickles, for a well-deserved break after a long semester!  I’m also looking forward to the wedding of my best friend, Lauren, at the end of this month! Although the semester felt long while we were in it, it actually passed by pretty quickly.  I truly enjoyed this past semester, as third year is all about learning the medicine, getting exposure to clinics, and practicing clinical skills, as well as being able to take electives that we are personally interested in.  So many milestones were achieved this semester, including performing my first spay on a sweet little Dachshund named Truffles and working on an intestinal anastomosis (in other words, cutting out a section of dead bowel and stitching the remaining viable sections together), learning to distinguish between a cough caused by respiratory disease versus a cough caused by heart failure, and b... (Read More)